Anonymous said: If Obsidian came back, do you think he will be Alan's adopted son or biological one? I will be funny if father and son have same taste with guys.
I have no idea :( but I really don´t mind either way. I don´t see much difference between a biological and adopted son, since I believe love is what makes someone part of your family, not genetics.
I think though that if Obsidian is adopted, the writer can create a mystery around his biological parents, which could be an interesting thing. I can´t think of any plot around surrogacy, but that’s because I have a complete lack of imagination. I’m certain someone like Gail Simone, for instance, could come up with a very cool story about surrogacy.
If Obsidian ever comes to the New 52, I hope he is a time traveler, so he can be an adult, because I prefer adult characters. That’s so selfish of me ;)
My father is gay and I am gay too, but our sexual orientation per se don´t create any different dynamic. What makes us funny is the fact that we have completley different personalities. My father is an optimistic, flamboyant, boundless and carefree artist and I’m more of a strict, responsible, pessimistic, hyperactive anti-social nerd.
I’ve met 2 or 3 boyfriends of my father’s, but their relationships never lasted long. I’ve been married for 8 years and my father likes my husband very much, specially because he fixes my father’s computers (LOL).
Right now I am in the process of adopting a child and I so looking forward to it! :)
Anonymous said: Hi. I'm still halfway reading Earth 2. It's true that Alan Scott's boyfriend dead? Like 'really' dead? Will he came back like twenty issue later? Thank you!
Sadly it’s true, he is dead and still hasn´t came back. When James Robinson was writing the title, he said Alan would eventually get a brazilian boyfriend (http://dcugays.tumblr.com/post/83654206208/cbr-wc14-james-robinson-on-alan-scott-plans), so I don´t think he planned to bring Sam back. It is only my impression and I have absolutely no interview or anything to support it, but I think Sam was involved in some dirty stuff. Maybe Robinson would have brought him back as a villain?
Now we have a new writer, Tom Taylor, and I have no idea what his plans for the character are. Alan used to be in the spotlight, but now he has little space compared to Batman and Superman.
Let’s hope he at least shines and survives the war with the Main Earth. I myslef think he could totally kick Hal’s ass.
redandalittlelightning said: That photo set of Alan was pretty funny dude lol
That was the intention :)
AUGUST 27 2014 7:00 AM ET
For most comic book readers, Batman isn’t the first superhero who springs to mind when it comes to characters furthering visibility for minority groups in comics. Nevertheless, while the Batcave has been dominated by white, heterosexual males since the Dark Knight first swung over Gotham City in 1939 on the cover of Detective Comics #27, his extended family and supporting cast have included a surprising number of characters from diverse backgrounds.
From kick-ass women like the biracial (Chinese and Caucasian) Batgirl Cassandra Cain and the wheelchair-using Oracle (Barbara Gordon) to LGBT superheroes like Batwoman and crime-fighters of color such as Batwing (the Batman of Africa), a kaleidoscope of characters have helped the Caped Crusader clobber criminals throughout different eras of Batman’s 75-year history.
Writer Gail Simone says the inclusion of prominently featured minority characters in Batman’s world is “a good reflection on the people who work in the bat-verse,” and she would know. As one of the most respected female writers working in the industry today, she has helped expand diversity in both the world of the Dark Knight and the general DC Universe. She helmed the Batman spin-off series Birds of Preyfor more than 50 issues. The series featured a female superhero team led by Oracle, Barbara Gordon, who was paralyzed from the waist down for several years after an encounter with the Joker ended with a bullet to the gut and sidelined her career as Batgirl. Under the tutelage of writers like Simone, Oracle became a champion for readers dealing with disabilities of their own. When DC decided to return the red-haired heroine to the role of Batgirl following a company-wide reboot in 2011, she pushed the boundaries of diversity again by giving Gordon a transgender roommate named Alysia Yeoh (pictured below).
“[Alysia] came into being because there is a large trans readership of comics, and trans characters have almost uniformly been relegated to metaphor in mainstream books until recently … that is to say, they were often robots or wizards or aliens or the like,” says Simone. “I’m not downplaying that at all, but I wanted there to be a normal, human trans character who was important to the story.”
While many diverse characters have been introduced as a part of Batman’s extended family over the years, it takes more than an introduction or random guest appearance for them to gain lasting resonance with fans. “I feel like focusing on a few successes is a bit misleading, because there’s still a long way to go,” says Simone. She insists that beefing up the prominence of more diverse characters is a passion of several creators currently working at DC, and readers will only see this evolution pick up speed in the near future. In fact, so far, while some characters of color like Batwing have sustained their own solo series over the years, others are often part of a team, or their series might get canceled after a few issues.
“I just want to see a wider spectrum of characters in terms of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and more. I feel like it’s the issue for the future of this medium I love,” she adds, promising a “prominent bisexual male character” will be arriving “in Gotham soon.”
Creating characters that reflect both the broad range of comic readers and the diversity of the world’s population is also a goal of Scottish comic-book writer Grant Morrison, who introduced Batman’s first multiracial Robin to the bat-family with the introduction of Damian Wayne (the son of Talia al Ghul and Bruce Wayne) in his iconic story Batman and Son. But the biggest way in which Morrison has helped diversify the shadow of the bat has been through his series Batman Incorporated (pictured below), which depicted the Dark Knight creating a global team of superheroes that included Native American dynamic duo Man-of-Bats and Little Raven, El Gaucho of Argentina, the African Batman known as Batwing, and the Hong Kong-based Blackbat — Cassandra Cain’s moniker after her tour as Batgirl ended.
“I’ve just come from an alternative background, I guess, and I wanted to represent that in the books [I write],” says Morrison. For me, people like this are my friends. “I played in a band when I was younger and I spent a lot of time in clubs. I also liked to dance and I spent a lot of time in gay clubs. So when I write stories I want reflect what my friends are like, as well as the people I’ve met … By trying to reflect the world we live in suddenly the books were filled with characters that were slightly different from the norm.”
Morrison’s current high-profile project for DC, a nine-part miniseries titled The Multiversity, underscores Simone’s observation that furthering diversity in comics is a reflection of the people who work on them. Morrison’s latest dimension-spanning tale includes the Justice League of Earth-23, which boasts a black Superman (who is also the President of the United States on that Earth as well as the leader of the League), a gay speedster named Red Racer, and the aboriginal Australian powerhouse Thunderer among its members.
“I would like to think that people can pick up books like Batman Incorporated or The Multiversity and see their own lives reflected,” says Morrison. “But I’d always caveat that with the need for us to see more diverse writers and artists, because that’s when I think the walls will really come down. As a straight [white guy from Scotland] I can only do so much, and I find even sometimes when you do this, you do get accused of tokenism or pandering. I don’t mind it. I can put up with that, but I’d rather see a genuine spread of writers and artists creating this material.”
Above: Grace Choi, Renee Montoya as The Question, Crispus Allen as The Spectre, Oracle, Katana, Maggie Sawyer, Batwoman, and Lucius Fox are a sample the characters who have colored the extended family of the Dark Knight throughout his history.
One such member in DC’s league of current creators is out gay writer Marc Andreyko, who took over the reins of the comic company’s highest-profile LGBT superhero, Batwoman, with issue #25 of her ongoing solo title.
“The fact that there is a character like Batwoman, who happens to be gay, under the mantle of Batman is stupendous,” says Andreyko. “As we move toward a more corporatized society and stockholders get involved, things get safer. So for DC to commit to having an openly gay character as a part of their number one franchise, I think that’s a pretty awesome thing.”
It’s an opinion shared by Tom Taylor, the current writer of Injustice: Gods Among Us — a comic series featuring an alternate reality of the DC Universe based on the video game of the same name. “I was absolutely thrilled to be able to show Batwoman and Detective Renee Montoya are married in the pages of Injustice,” he says of DC’s support. “And we may see more of this relationship in the future.”
Andreyko insists that while civil rights for LGBT people are improving, the existence of characters like Batwoman have never been more important because of the affect they have on young readers living in areas of the world where minorities are not as visible as they are in more progressive cities. “I think living in a big city like New York or L.A. or San Francisco — that’s a bubble in a lot of ways and people forget it’s not like that everywhere,” he says. “Just look at the rash of gay teen suicides and the fact that the highest causes of death among trans people are homicide and suicide.”
Yet as impactful as these characters are in the pages of the comic books they appear, the most powerful ways they help expand the diversity of the genre is their inclusion other media; a practice we are beginning to see intensify with TV and film projects based on Batman and other DC superheroes.
“I remember when I was a kid and they introduced the Lucius Fox character in the comic, who has in the last 10 years become a mainstay of the Batman films.,” Batman: Collected author Chip Kidd says of the character Morgan Freeman played in director Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. “I thought that was a brilliant way to bring an African-American character into an executive level at Wayne Industries, and I love that in the movies he was sort of the Q to Batman’s James Bond.”
Additional minority characters who were introduced through the world of the Caped Crusader’s comic book adventures will be shining brighter than the bat-signal when the TV series Gotham makes its debut September 22 on Fox. Characters like the Latina lesbian detective Renee Montoya, who became a favorite among LGBT comic readers when she was outed in the 2003 comic book series Gotham Central,will be prominently featured alongside other strong women of color such as mob boss Fish Mooney (played by Jada Pinkett Smith).
Katana, the Japanese sword-wielding warrior who first appeared in 1983 as a member of the superhero team Batman and the Outsiders, has also begun reaching a wider audience thanks to her inclusion as one of the lead characters in the 2013 animated series Beware the Batman and as a reoccurring character in the upcoming season of Arrow.
“I was recently honored to speak on LGBT and disability representation in the media at the White House and while there was a genuine feeling among attendees that things are getting better, we are still seeing a lot of pushback,” says Simone, who notes being a custodian of these characters isn’t just a job, it’s a responsibility. “I know it gets said a lot, but when people see heroes who are like themselves, it sticks with them. It means something. We just have to do better. It’s that simple.”
If many of the creative minds currently crafting the adventures of the Caped Crusader and his super-friends have their way, that’s exactly what fans can expect to see over the next 75 years of Batman stories and beyond.
“I’d like to see diversity grow in the entire comics medium, not just in Gotham,” says Taylor. “I believe everyone needs heroes and everyone deserves to recognize themselves in their heroes.”
Catman is coming, baby!
EARTH 2: WORLDS’ END #5
Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON
Art by ARDIAN SYAF, GUILLERMO ORTEGO and MIKE ATIYEH
Cover by ARDIAN SYAF
On sale NOVEMBER 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
As Earth 2 burns, Green Lantern battles Grundy!
August 22, 2014
By Joe Glass
This week sees a lot of great LGBTQ content from DC, the most I can think of coming out from a single publisher in the same week for a while.
Now, small warning, there may be some spoilers here. I’m going to try and keep them to a bare minimum, but some may still slip through, especially for Multiversity, I’d say.
I won’t discuss this week’s Batwoman much as it’s had some discussion on Bleeding Cool already this week and I wouldn’t want to spoil the emotional core of this issue. Suffice to say, that this book continues to focus on the relationship between Kate Kane and Maggie Sawyer and not shy away from it given the controversial editorial NO MARRIAGE ALLOWED mandate, the book has been a blessing and continues to be awesome and the only comic from one of the major mainstream publishers featuring a solo LGBTQ lead still (Marvel really has some catching up on that one).
This week also saw the release of Teen Titans#2, which offered a pleasant surprise to me.
The issue is very much a Bunker issue. Sure, everyone else appears, and Beast Boy plays a great comedy foil to Bunker (as well as a great Grumpy Cat), but the major focus of the issue was clearly gay teen superhero, Bunker.
What made it even more fantastic? What could have been a tiny and fleeting momentary scene at the end of Teen Titans #1 last month, when Bunker confronted a homophobic bystander, actually continues to play out as quite a big event for the character in this issue. What’s more, for two issues in a row now, the gay teen hero is the saviour of the day…and he’s pretty bad ass about it to boot.
It’s really great to see issues such as homophobia being tackled explicitly in the comics, whereas when Bunker was originally introduced we were told he had a blissful life in that respect to try and show a positive light on being gay and coming out. Whilst I lauded Scott Lobdell for that take at the time, and still do, it’s also great to have the harsh realities of being an LGBTQ person highlighted in such a major way. What’s more, it doesn’t make it a simple black and white matter either: Bunker’s reaction last issue was violent and dangerous in many respects, and it continues to show the moral quandary of standing up to this kind of hate: the immediate response is to want to fight back and lash out, but is that really the best way? Will Pfeiffer should be congratulated on tackling such a complicated topic in such a truthful way.
What is perhaps a slight shame is that previously, when Bunker was first introduced, he was presented as a somewhat flamboyant and campy gay kid (I likened him at the time to a comics version of Glee’s Kurt Hummel), but now, whilst still wearing his costume in all kinds of shades of purple and fuchsia, he’s played a lot more straight (no pun intended) and aggressive, but wonderfully heroic and bad ass all the same.
Another great thing about this focus is the relationship between Bunker and Beast Boy. Roomies, one gay, one straight and close friends. Personally, I find that this is a relationship that is sorely lacking in any kind of media at the moment: close friendships between a gay man and a straight man. Typically, we get gay men and straight women being close friends, but rarely homosexuals and heterosexuals of the same gender. For a while, Marvel were doing a great job with the friendship between Anole and Rockslide, but with those characters being quite separated of late, it’s a relationship that has been sorely lacking in comics too.
And just check out their awesome apartment!
Finally, the big one for me: this week we see the introduction of two new gay characters in Multiversity#1 by Grant Morrison, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Nei Ruffino.
(By the way, Multiversity#1 is an amazing comic, a fantastic start to this epic series, and there are so many dense levels of idea in this one issue alone, someone should seriously write an essay on it (if I don’t get to it soon). Nix Uotan, trolls, the actions of the reader on the comic space, a peaceful Superman and using stereotypes in a good way, to name just a few of the incredible things you could write about this issue. Pick it up, seriously)
We don’t get much about them this issue, other than they are the Red Racer and (presumably) Power Torch of the Justice 9 from Earth-36, real names Ray and Hank respectively, and whilst not explicitly stated, their relationship is made pretty clear from their emotional farewell scene.
What’s more, I found Red Racer immediately inviting as a character, coming across as a bubbly, positive geeky guy, which I think makes us immediately care for the character. Add to that the great emotion played out in the two characters farewell scene, and I found them and their relationship immediately compelling and I want to know more.
(In fact, DC, here’s a freebie: how about for next year’s September special month, replace your entire line with 52 single issues, each from one of the different parallel Earths? Maybe they should even be a ‘pivotal issue’ from the comics’ line of that Earth…and Earth-36’s could be when Power Torch and Red Racer became a couple? Maybe written by Gail Simone and drawn by Babs Tarr? Or hell, I’ll write it!)
My one concern: I fear for Red Racer already. Maybe this is a sign of how well Morrison drew me in to like the character, but he’s basically a Flash analogue in a multiversal crisis, and that never ends well for the speedsters. We know how much Morrison likes his big classic imagery from DC past, and we saw him riff on the idea in Final Crisis by seeing a Flash revived; maybe this is his chance to kill a Flash in a Crisis…which, man, I really hope doesn’t happen.
This is the kind of thing I’d like to see more of. LGBTQ characters appearing across the line, naturally and in various roles, from supporting character to the lead. This has been a good week for comics and the LGBTQ.
Joe Glass is a Bleeding Cool contributor, and creator/writer of LGBTQ superhero team comic The Pride, which is available on Comixology and at The Pride Store. He is also a co-writer on Welsh horror-comedy series, Stiffs, which can be bought at the Stiffs Store and is now also available on Comixology. You can follow him on twitter and tumblr.
Written by MARC ANDREYKO
Art by GEORGES JEANTY
Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
On sale NOVEMBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
“Batwoman and the Unknowns” continues as Batwoman crosses paths with the mysterious Jason Blood.
Random thoughts that lead to this fanart design.
I love Marvel’s Wiccan.
I think DC should have a strong teen titan gay character as good as him.
I love Wonder Woman mythos.
If there was a Wonder Boy, he would be gay almost by default.
It would make so much sense.
Last week I made a fanart of a concept for a gay teen superhero linked to the Wonder Woman legacy
Thinking of who to match him up with, I updated Starman Mikaal Tomas, an already stablished gay character who still didn’t show up in the new 52.
Luciano Vecchio posted this awesome fanart some time ago, but I only found out about it today, when he posted it on the Gay League Facebook group. I love both Wonder Boy and Starman designs.
As for Batwoman, Andreyko teased the emergence of a new team of villains called The Unknowns. The team will include Clayface, Etrigan the Demon, and Ragman (somewhere out there, former IGN Comics EIC Joey Esposito’s Ragman Sense is tingling). The Unknowns also includes a villain called Red Alice that may have ties to Kate Kane and her sister. Interestingly, this story will take Kate out of Gotham and into outer space.